For those wondering about the nature of politics in Alaska, this should disabuse you of the notion that our "future-looking" state to the north is safe from the bare-knuckle brawling, Chicagoesque style of politicking we associate with Democrat strongholds here in the lower 48.
As most people are aware, Princess Lisa Murkenschnitzel didn't like the fact that the peasants revolted against her and chose someone else to represent their interests in Washington DC and launched a write-in campaign financed in part by native corps and unions to the tune of almost $600,000.
She also didn't appreciate the rules regarding write-in candidates and got them changed too so that voters will have a list of write in candidates provided to them. However, State Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner called this attempt a "clear violation of Alaska administrative regulation" and ordered the state Division of Elections to remove a list of certified write-in candidates from polling places statewide. Princess Lisa didn't like that either and lo and behold, the AK Supreme Court stayed Pfiffner's ruling.
Princess Lisa also didn't care for that whole "you have to spell the name of the candidate correctly" thing and sure enough...that too was changed for her. "Misspelled ballots will most likely be counted," said Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections.
Yesterday, we learned that Dan Fagan, who dared to speak out against the Princess, has been removed from the lineup KFQD. (See RealQuiet's report on that here.)
And now...the latest news coming from team Miller:
Anchorage, Alaska. October 30, 2010 – In an apparent accidental voice mail message left on the cell phone of Joe Miller’s spokesperson, Randy DeSoto, what is believed to be the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller. The voice mail message was later authenticated by Mr. McDermott, who sent a text to DeSoto stating “Damn iPhone … I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry.”
“Frankly, when I first heard this I was shocked,” said DeSoto. “Though a bit garbled at times, there are disturbing comments in this conservation that never should have occurred.”
In the first discussion, the KTVA reporters discuss getting a list of Miller campaign supporters in order to ‘find’ a “child molester.” “You have to find that one person,” says the male reporter, to laughter in the news room. The reporters at KTVA then discuss creating a “Rand Paul” incident at the then upcoming Miller Rally (held on October 28, 2010) and hoping for violence so that they can “send out a tweet” and “Facebook” that “Miller got punched” at the rally.
Nothing says journalistic integrity like setting up a political candidate with a child molester supporter, does it? Or hoping for that candidate be attacked, for that matter.
Here's the transcript of the captured audio:
TRANSCRIPT OF KTVA AUDIO FROM OCTOBER 28,
FEMALE REPORTER: That's up to you because you're the expert, but that's what I would
do...I'd wait until you see who showed up because that indicates we already know
FEMALE REPORTER: Child molesters...
MALE REPORTER: Oh yeah... can you repeat Joe Miller's...uh... list of people, campaign
workers, which one's the molester?
FEMALE VOICE: We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of
them will be a registered sex offender.
MALE REPORTER: You have to find that one person...
FEMALE REPORTER: And the one thing we can do is ....we won't know....we won't know but
if there is any sort of chaos whatsoever we can put out a twitter/facebook alert: saying what
the... 'Hey Joe Miller punched at rally.'
FEMALE REPORTER: Kinda like Rand Paul...I like that.
FEMALE REPORTER: That's a good one.
Oh yes! OF COURSE with the kind of people that will show up for a Miller rally, at least one will be a registered sex offender! HAHAHAHA!! Let's get that on film...that would just be so awesome!
Edward R. Murrow sure would be proud.